iPhone maker Apple has warned of lower production from its main iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly site in Zhengzhou, China due to COVID-19 restrictions. The site is owned by Foxconn.
In a sentence on Sunday, the company said the facility was operating at “significantly reduced capacity. As we have done during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prioritizing the health and safety of workers in our supply chain.”
Porcelain reported 5,643 COVID cases on Sunday, up from 4,610 the day before. Beijing was rumored to be relaxing its zero COVID policy last week, but that rumor turned out to be incorrect.
The Zhengzhou plant is hard to attract new staff, offering recent leavers a one-time bonus of 500 yuan (US$69.28, AU$107.75) if they return.
Apple’s statement added: “We continue to see strong demand for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
“However, we now expect lower iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than we previously anticipated and customers will experience longer wait times to receive their new products.
“We are working closely with our supplier to return to normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of all workers.”
Apple was one of two companies (the other being Samsung) to see global shipments grow in the third quarter. The firm increased its market share to 18% from 15% year-on-year.
Extrapolating figures reported by technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research for the third quarter of 2021, Apple’s shipments for the third quarter of the current year would be 49.4 million units.
In September, Apple Announced which would also manufacture the iPhone 14 in India.
Taiwanese firms Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron all make Apple devices in India, but that typically comes about eight months after a model launches, according to Counterpoint researcher Tarun Pathak.
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